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House of Representatives Votes To Increase Stimulus Checks To $2,000; Relief Bill Heads to the Senate

After passing the CASH Act, The House of Representatives voted to override a presidential veto. Both measures head to the Senate; lawmakers will meet Tuesday.

Posted: Dec 28, 2020 9:56 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2020 9:56 PM

The House of Representatives approve two crucial measures. First, it passed the CASH Act to give millions of Americans 2-thousand dollar stimulus checks. Afterwards, it voted to override a presidential veto. Now, both measures move on to the Senate, which meets tomorrow. 

Both measures were approved, one day after President Trump signed the COVID-19 relief bill into law. The President's sudden shift will bring rlief to many financially strapped Americans. But the delay will result in a one week lapse in unemployment benefits. But, 44News has learned Senate lawmakers have not committed to bringing up a vote on increased stimulus payments. Senate Democrats are calling on President Trump to persaude them. Senator Chuck Schumer says "These Senate Republicans have followed you thick and thin. Get them now to act and support the $2,000 checks."

When asked earlier today, President-Elect Joe Biden confirmed he supports the increase to stimulus payments.

Meanwhile, The Senate will also consider overriding President Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act. The President vetoed the bill last week, calling it a "gift to China and Russia." The President has asked lawmakers to include limits on social media companies and to get rid of provisions that allow for the renaming of military bases that honor Confederate leaders. If the Senate is able to gaine enough votes, it will be the first veto override of Mr. Trump's Presidency. 

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